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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Episode #41

New Line Cinema released Hedwig and the Angry Inch on September 12, 2001. John Cameron Mitchell directed the film starring John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, and Stephen Trask.

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Criterion Synopsis

With this trailblazing musical, writer-director-star John Cameron Mitchell and composer-lyricist Stephen Trask brought their signature creation from stage to screen for a movie as unclassifiable as its protagonist. Raised a boy in East Berlin, Hedwig (Mitchell) undergoes a traumatic personal transformation in order to emigrate to the U.S., where she reinvents herself as an “internationally ignored” but divinely talented rock diva, characterized by Mitchell as inhabiting a “beautiful gender of one.” The film tells Hedwig’s story through her music, an eclectic assortment of original punk anthems and power ballads by Trask, matching them with a freewheeling cinematic mosaic of music-video fantasies, animated interludes, and moments of bracing emotional realism. A hard-charging song cycle and a tender character study, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to the transcendent power of rock and roll.

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New Line Cinema released Hedwig and the Angry Inch on September 12, 2001. John Cameron Mitchell directed the film starring John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor, and Stephen Trask.

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  1. When is Shane coming back? Lori is a trooper for joining a podcast where she hasn’t seen any of the extras being reviewed:)

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